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Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, Governor Steve Bullock, and Montana Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy announce the 2016 Labor Day report, September 6, 2016 in Helena.
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A jobs report released Tuesday by the state’s Department Labor and Industry gives a glowing picture of Montana's current job market, but predicts a worker shortage in the next decade.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy handed the 2016 Labor Day report to Governor Steve Bullock during a press conference hosted by a financial company in Helena.

Montana Gender Pay Gap Front And Center At Summit
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Montana’s gender pay gap was center stage Tuesday in Bozeman. On average, women in Montana earn 67 percent of what men do. Much of the discussion at the Equal Pay Summit focused on transparency when it comes to wages.

Equal Pay Summit Held In Bozeman

May 2, 2016

Montana ranks near the bottom nationwide for pay equity with women earning 67 percent of what men earn. The third annual Equal Pay Summit being held in Bozeman today and tomorrow kicked off with a discussion on negotiating a higher salary.

Montana women are earning 67 percent of what men earn.
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Tuesday, Montana’s gender pay gap was spotlighted at the Capitol. It’s National Equal Pay Day. And Montana women are earning 67 percent of what men earn. Montana is ranked 39th in the nation for gender pay equality. Nationally, women workers earn 71 percent of men’s median earnings.

Governor Bullock & Pam Bucy launching the HELP-Link program Feb. 08, 2015 in Great Falls.
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On Monday, the next phase of Montana’s Medicaid expansion was announced at a job service center in Great Falls. Expanding Medicaid under the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act was a hard sell to Montana Republicans in the 2015 legislature until Republican Senator Ed Buttrey introduced a workforce initiative into the healthcare bill, among other changes.

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There will soon be more job openings in Montana than qualified workers to fill those positions. State government and educational leaders briefed Missoula’s business community on Tuesday about the impending problem.

Anton Gabrielson, a student at Missoula College hopes to trade in his hiking boots for a stint as a long-haul truck driver.

"Coming from a background as a wilderness ranger I’m attracted to the nomadic aspect of being a long-haul truck driver. I think I’m well-suited for that lifestyle, at least for a few years.”

File photo. Montana's construction industry needs skilled labor and is going out of its way to get it.
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There's a labor shortage in Montana, just ask Bill Fritz.

"If you aren’t working right now, it’s your own fault. Everybody who says they don’t have a job – if you go out and get some training you can pretty much write your own ticket.”

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Montana's economic success in the future hinges on the ability to adapt, collaborate and communicate.

That applies to workers, the companies that employ them and the schools that prepare workers to meet Montana's future workforce demands.

Bill To Raise Montana Minimum Wage Faces Uphill Battle

Jan 21, 2015
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Today at the Montana Legislature, Democratic Senator Jonathan Windy Boy introduced a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.10 an hour.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy says the bill is necessary.

“Montana’s average annual wage of $37,575 ranks 47 out of the 50 states.”

Sheena Rice of the Montana Organizing Project says the bill would help those who need it most.

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